Legislative Analysis: Impact of PFAS Regulations on Counties

May 14, 2024

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"PFAS are a group of synthetic chemicals that have been manufactured and used in a variety of industries since the 1940s. Due to their non-stick properties and ability to resist heat, oil, stains, grease and water, PFAS can be found in nonstick cookware, waterproof clothing, food packaging, stain resistant fabrics and a certain type of firefighting foam known as aqueous film forming foam (AFFM).

PFAS has been found in the air, land and water of communities across the country. Commonly referred to as “forever chemicals,” PFAS can persist in the environment for decades and can negatively affect human health. Exposure can occur in a variety of ways, including by breathing air containing PFAS, drinking water contaminated with PFAS and swallowing soil or dust contaminated with PFAS."